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A treasure trove of historical information

Grab a seat, turn on a lamp and dive into the history of Spokane Valley.

research history spokane valley

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum is home to a rich and varied collection of published
works and source materials about our region’s history.

Our collection includes books, maps, plat books, newspapers, architectural drawings, oral
histories and more.

You can dig into:

  • Spokane Valley Herald Newspaper, 1920-83 (digitized)
  • Oral histories, written and audio recordings
  • School records beginning in 1892 and including teacher reports, one-room
    schoolhouse districts, articles and more
  • School annuals and yearbooks
  • Business records and directories
  • Township records for Opportunity, Chester and Greenacres
  • Periodicals: Spokane Valley Today, 1979-98; Nostalgia Magazine, 2000-10
  • Valley of the Sun series by Waldo Rosebush
  • Echoes of Yesterday by Howard Stegner
  • Phonebooks
  • Scrapbooks including Spokane Valley Women’s Club, Telephone Pioneer, Valley
  • Northern Pacific Railway employee records, 1900-1910

All archival materials are available for your research.

Dedicated volunteer staff are ready to help, too. We charge a $25 flat fee for their assistance.

Take it home

You don’t have to write it all down. We can make photocopies and reproductions of your research.

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum is a non-profit that receives no direct government funding,
so we charge reproduction fees to offset the cost of maintaining our collection.


Black and White

  • 8.5×11: $0.20 per page
  • 8.5×14: $0.20 per page
  • 11×17: $0.40 per page


  • 8.5x 11: $0.40 per page
  • 8.5x 14: $0.40 per page
  • 11×17: $0.80 per page

Media Reproduction

  • CD: $15 each
  • DVD: $25 each

Please note: Audiovisual materials requiring transfer from unsupported media will be
charged the cost of transfer, plus duplication costs.

Photo reproduction fees are here.

Shipping and Handling

  • Within Spokane: $1
  • Within Washington State: $2
  • Out of state: $3